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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. Aug 9, 2012 #1801 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    First of all...

    How AWESOME is it that BBCA presents the first four seasons of DW (that were not filmed in HD) in 16x9?

    I saw a season four episode that was obviously not HD, but still managed to look fantastic for a program filmed in SD!

    Kudos to BBCA for this!

    ~Alan
     
  2. Aug 9, 2012 #1802 of 3975
    xmguy

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    Sweet can't wait to see BBC America in HD. I watch Top Gear religiously and love Doctor Who. Does anyone know how to find these "test channels"?
     
  3. Aug 9, 2012 #1803 of 3975
    oldcrooner

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    I believe the BBC in the UK did a lot of wide-screen SD prior to HD becoming more commonplace. As I've said many times before, SD can look quite acceptable when it's not having the *%$@# compressed out of it as Directv does.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2012 #1804 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Yeah, 16:9 content was not uncommon there for a while... though I will state that DW didn't go HD until season 5 (or S4.5 depending upon how you look at it) due to financial reasons.

    No, my comment was that some networks will windowbox 16x9 SD programming on their HD channels, and I was very glad to see that BBCA did not do that.

    I was hopeful for this due to the very thing you mentioned in your first sentence, but it's great to have confirmation.

    ~Alan
     
  5. Aug 9, 2012 #1805 of 3975
    maartena

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    Well, to be fair, it wasn't filmed with 480i cameras either.... it was filmed with cameras that support PALPlus, in other words a 16:9 version of PAL, using 576 horizontal lines. And to be even fairer, it was shot using digital cameras that actually utilize 576p and store the result in a digital format, and indeed natively filmed in 16:9 format already.

    It is slightly easier to up-convert that to 720p, and that in turn is very easy to broadcast on a 1080i broadcast network.

    So yeah, it is not surprising that pre-2009 episodes actually look pretty good. They were already wide screen, filmed in a slightly higher resolution than 480i, making upconverting the materials for HD broadcast a bit easier to do.

    I lived in Europe when "PALPlus" was the standard, and I had a tube widescreen TV back then. Europe started converting to widescreen before HD was adopted.

    I owned something similar to this:

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    Big tube. Wide screen. Not HD.

    We're just lucky that Doctor Who was already shot in 16:9, making it a lot easier for us to see in HD-ish. :D
     
  6. Aug 9, 2012 #1806 of 3975
    vobguy

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    Not to mention , whatever happened to the flying cars? I was promised flying cars. With DirecTV in them :D
     
  7. Aug 9, 2012 #1807 of 3975
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    Just being widescreen and not having to be zoomed makes a by difference in itself. One on the subs near me is 480i widescreen and it looks good for 480i.
     
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    tonyd79

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    You can make your car fly. Just not very far and there will be a big noise and much damage when it hits the bottom of the cliff.
     
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    Thank you. Claiming ESPN is just "too cheap" is hilarious.
     
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    tonyd79

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    One thing that did happen to espn is that they were early adopters. It took a while to reoutfit all their venues, channels, etc, so you see an array of ages of equipment with a variation in quality. I'm sure they will cycle through again.
     
  11. Aug 9, 2012 #1811 of 3975
    georule

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    No kidding. We always hear the argument "that channel doesn't have enough viewers" without taking into account that part of the reason it doesn't, is because there are folks like you and me who won't watch it in SD. I've got about 15 movies from TCMHD queued up on my DVR right now, and that doesn't include the 10 or so I already watched and deleted.

    Number of movies I watched on TCMSD in the previous two years? Two. Well, actually, recorded two, watched about the first 15 mins of both and then gave up.
     
  12. Aug 9, 2012 #1812 of 3975
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    Go to Sixto's house.
     
  13. Aug 9, 2012 #1813 of 3975
    xmguy

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    OK. I need directions. Lol ;)
     
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    Carl Spock

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    Cool. Party tomorrow night at Sixto's house. Who's going?
     
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    Head down to 99c, skip over to 103ca, next over to 103cb and you have arrived.:)
     
  16. wmb

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    I would be curious as to how many of their productions were "filmed" by ESPN crews. I have been to sporting events (MLS soccer, ok those are mostly RSN) where it looks like the crew is a local(ish) contract crew. I can't imagine ESPN would fly a production crew out to the Little League World Series preliminaries.

    Anyhow, even if they are relying on the local ABC affiliate for these games, it would seem that there would be quite a bit of variability in production quality, not to mention resolutions.
     
  17. xmguy

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    I'm keeping that one. That's a great tag line. :)
     
  18. xmguy

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    I wish the HR24 had this "glitch" of being able to view the testing HD channels. I did a search as said by a member here, alas nothing.
     
  19. Lord Vader

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    It's obvious you haven't seen a FOX NFL broadcast then, because CBS's 1080i blows away FOX's 720p broadcasts any day of the week!
     
  20. banditt76

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    There is a big difference in quality of 720p vs 1080i if you have a quality TV. I have had no issues at all with the 1080i NBC Olympic feed. It is some of the highest quality sports programming I have ever seen on my TV. (LG 47" LCD)
     
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